Here, Aldiss looks at the way people in closed societies behave and think; in terms of language, religion, and customs. However Non-stop is not purely a philosophical novel, but also a riveting adventure plot, as the book’s protagonist, Roy, leaves his familiar surroundings to explore the world around him and find a greater truth.
This is done in a compelling way, as the author unravels the mystery of Roy’s surroundings. Furthermore, there is a complement of minor characters whose presence adds a texture which prevents the novel from being po-faced. In particular, the overweight, pompous, and garrulous priest-figure is a delight. This, alongside Aldiss’ eloquent prose, makes Non-stop a good read that is thought-provoking and entertaining.